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By Andrea Kleine. 2018
A bold, page-turning novel that follows how a childhood abduction sets two sisters on very different courses Every other weekend,… Hope and Eden—backpacks, Walkmans, and homework in hand—wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. It’s the divorce shuffle; they’re used to it. Only this weekend, he’s screwed up, forgotten, and their world will irrevocably change when a stranger lures them into his truck with a false story and smile. More than twenty years later, Hope is that classic New York failure: a playwright with only one play produced long ago, newly evicted from an illegal sublet, working a humiliating temp job. Eden has long since distanced herself from her family, and no one seems to know where she is. When the man who abducted them is up for parole, the sisters might be able to offer testimony to keep him jailed. Hope sets out to find her sister—and to find herself—and it becomes the journey of a lifetime, taking her from hippie communes to cities across the country. Suspenseful and moving, Eden asks: how much do our pasts define us, and what price do we pay if we break free?
By Joe Meno. 2007
Features some of the liveliest characters that one is apt to meet in a contemporary novel Vividly described … -Publishers Weekly Extremely vivid Any number of novels have been written about unhappy childhoods and bizarre families but this one surpasses many -Kirkus ReviewsJoe Meno limns a near-fantastical world of trailer park floozies broken-down 76 Impalas lost glass eyes and the daily experiences of two boys trying to make sense of their random sharp lives Joe Meno is the author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned The Boy Detective Fails and How the Hula Girl Sings He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago
By Cherie M Hudson. 2017
"...story is one that is unique but meaningful enough that it’ll definitely stick with me. I HIGHLY recommend this novel… to those looking for an incomparable contemporary new adult romance! 5 Stars, Jess at From Me to YouIt was all background noise, until he made her stop and listen!Chase is tough, snarky, witty and fiercely loyal to her family. She is also hearing impaired, which makes the world around her sound like white noise a lot of the time. But that’s okay, she can deal. It’s not like she’s actually deaf, and she’s learned to lip read…when it suits her.What she can’t deal with is guys like Caden, who think their looks and charm will win her over. They won’t, because Chase has zero interest in pursuing a relationship with someone who's leaving the country soon. What would be the point?Well, there is the fun they have together. The way Caden shows he cares about things greater than himself, like abandoned dogs. There’s his smile, his eyes and his wicked sense of humour.In fact if Chase ever admitted it to herself, she might say Caden is just about perfect.Until he reminds her that the male of the species can’t always be trusted…A portion of the proceeds from sales of Make Me Listen will benefit Dogs for Better Lives!Previously Published: (2015) Momentum | Original Title: UndeniableThe Always series is perfect for fans of Still Alice by Lisa Benova, Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah and Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley.Books in the Always series:1. Make Me Tremble2. Make Me Sweat3. Make Me Listen
By Cherie M Hudson. 2017
“One of the BEST New Adult Coming of Age romance books I’ve read…funny, heartwarming and sexy…” Slick ReadsLife’s great –… it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks.Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight.For Raphael, life is all upside. He’s on the fast track to success and nothing can stop him—except his unexpected love for a girl who’s convinced she’ll hold him back.When Maci and Raphael are drawn irresistibly together, they’ll both have to redefine everything they thought they knew about life, love and happy ever after.International bestselling author Cherie M Hudson pens a poignant tale that will keep you turning the pages from start to finish. Book 1 in her bestselling Always series, Make Me Tremble takes you on a journey that will touch your heart.A portion of the proceeds from sales of Make Me Tremble will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.The Always series is perfect for fans of Still Alice by Lisa Benova, Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah and Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley.Previously Published: (2016) Momentum | Original title: UnconditionalBooks in the Always series:1. Make Me Tremble2. Make Me Sweat3. Make Me Listen
By Cherie M Hudson. 2017
“...this is a book I am not likely to forget ever; the masterful storytelling will stick with me, the characters… have my heart…” Five Stars, Slick Reads ReviewsI’m Brendon: an optimist, a fitness geek, a man with a plan and the drive to achieve it. I’m sure I know everything there is to know about my life and where it’s headed—until I get one brief text.A text from her.Thinking of you.Just three little words, but they’re enough to make me drop everything and head half way around the world to see her. I guess I was kidding myself about being over Amanda.I don’t know what to expect when we reconnect, but nothing can prepare me for the truth.A truth she kept from me who has my eyes and claims my heart in an instant.And a devastating diagnosis with the power to destroy all I never knew I held dear.International bestselling author Cherie M Hudson delivers a stunning tale that will touch your heart. Book 2 in her bestselling Always series, Make Me Sweat takes you on a journey of disappointment, second chances, and undying love!The Always series is perfect for fans of Still Alice by Lisa Benova, Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah and Close Enough to Touch by Colleen Oakley.A portion of the proceeds from sales of Make Me Sweat will benefit The Leukemia Research FoundationPreviously Published: (2015) Momentum | Original Title: UnforgettableBooks in the Always series:1. Make Me Tremble2. Make Me Sweat3. Make Me Listen
By Juliet Blackwell. 2015
An American in Paris navigates her family's secret past and unlocks her own future, in this emotionally evocative novel by… New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell.As a girl, Genevieve Martin spent the happiest summer of her life in Paris, learning the delicate art of locksmithing at her uncle's side. But since then, living back in the States, she has become more private, more subdued. She has been an observer of life rather than an active participant, holding herself back from those around her, including her soon-to-be-ex-husband.Paris never really left Genevieve, and, as her marriage crumbles, she finds herself faced with an incredible opportunity: return to the magical city of her youth to take over her late uncle's shop. But as she absorbs all that Parisian culture has to offer, she realizes the city also holds secrets about her family that could change her forever, and that locked doors can protect you or imprison you, depending on which side of them you stand.
By Gail Silver, Youme Nguy?n Ly. 2014
Lily and her little sister Ruby are having a picnic when Ruby spoils their game of checkers. Lily lashes out… but soon gets absorbed in a wonderful book, the story of her great grandfather's encounter with a strange looking frog-like creature called Anger. The precious old journal teaches Lily about Metta, a technique that has helped people transform anger into loving kindness for thousands of years.With original watercolors by award-winning illustrator Youme Nguyen Ly, Peace, Bugs, and Understanding is an invaluable tool for parents and teachers, and will help children learn to understand the causes of their own strong emotions, while teaching them peaceful ways to resolve difficulties through mindfulness and meditation. and accepting accountability for their actions when appropriate. By learning these skills, children can grow comfortable with them and carry them into adulthood with ease and confidence.
By Lola Shoneyin. 2010
When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to… do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness. Meet Baba Segi . . . A plump, vain, and prosperous middle-aged man of robust appetites, Baba Segi is the patriarch of a large household that includes a quartet of wives and seven children. But his desire to possess more just might be his undoing. And his wives . . . Iya Segi-the bride of Baba Segi's youth, a powerful, vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to protect her favored position as ruler of her husband's home. Iya Tope-Baba Segi's second wife, a shy, timid woman whose decency and lust for life are overshadowed by fear. Iya Femi-the third wife, a scheming woman with crimson lips and expensive tastes who is determined to attain all that she desires, no matter what the cost. Bolanle-Babi Segi's fourth and youngest wife, an educated woman wise to life's misfortunes who inspires jealousy in her fellow wives . . . and who harbors a secret that will expose shocking truths about them all.
By Warren Adler. 2016
The rights of grandparents to visit their beloved grandson pit them against their remarried daughter-in-law. When Charlie and Molly's son… dies, their daughter-in-law remarries and is vaulted into an upper class world of money and privilege. She is now determined to lead a new life and keep her son free from the blue-collar influences of her ex in-laws. Forced to sue for their right to visit their beloved grandson, Charlie and Molly enter a world of courtroom conflict that deeply affects everyone involved, including the trial judge. Each of the players in this remarkable drama must search their souls for the right decision, not for themselves, but in the best interest of the child whom they all deeply cherish. Topical and utterly devastating, this novel, originally a Reader's Digest book, delves deeply into the heart-rending dilemma of generational conflict.
By Jennifer Chiaverini. 2000
The sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, Jennifer Chiaverini's Round Robin is a poignant tale of friendship and loyalty. The… Elm Creek Quilters have begun a Round Robin quilt, created by sewing concentric patchwork borders to a central block, as a gift for their beloved fellow quilter Sylvia Compson. But even as the quilt is passed from friend to friend, its eloquent beauty increasing with every stitch, the threads of their happiness begin to unravel. As each woman confronts a personal crisis, a painful truth, or a life-changing choice, the quilt serves as a symbol of the complex and enduring bonds between mothers and daughters, sisters and friends.
By Janice Kay Johnson. 2007
Tomorrow's a new beginning... When a digitally aged photo of a girl named Hope Lawson is posted online, Bailey Smith… can't deny the similarity to herself. But could she really be the same woman who was abducted as a child twenty-three years ago? When she meets Detective Seth Chandler, who opened the cold case of Hope's disappearance, suddenly everything changes. Not only does Bailey have a family she barely remembers-and a sister she's never met-she's connecting with a man for the first time. A man who's loving and gentle. But Bailey's not sure she's ready to be found: by him or the parents she once lost.
By Hazel Osmond. 2011
Ellie Somerset's high-flying job as an advertising copywriter is hard work, but she's got it under control. Her sexy, devil-may-care… new boss, on the other hand? She'll try her best...A perfect romantic comedy for fans of Holly Martin and Cathy Bramley.Ellie Somerset loves her career-obsessed boyfriend Sam and she loves her job as an advertising copywriter. But Sam is always at work and her fresh ideas keep being overlooked. Her life gets more complicated when new boss Jack Wolfe - Heathcliff in jeans - arrives at the agency. With his brooding good looks, trademark scowl and plans for change, he challenges Ellie to smarten up and prove herself. To Ellie's horror, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to the sexy and dangerous Jack. But this particular wolf has an awful lot to hide . . .
By J. C. Phillipps. 2014
The Simple family's plans for a picnic in the park prove disastrously complex. From the artist and author J. C.… Phillipps comes this hilarious little picture book with a big heart to remind us that picnics are just a little about food and a lot about family.
By David French. 2000
It's Memorial Day, 1990, and Margaret Ryan has returned from Vermont to the Ontario cottage country where, thirty-two years before,… she had vacationed with her disintegrating family at a lakeside resort. For herself and her sister Daisy, it was a time of awakening, a time of discovery. Both of the girls fall in love with two of the local boys. Daisy, on the lookout for action, cruising the dances at the resort, can't deal with what she initiates, and falls victim to her own confusion and naiveté. Not even the neighbour, the eccentric, bourbon-drinking, cigar-smoking Mrs. Crump, who knows all the fairy-tale spells to capture the heart of a lover, can save Daisy from drowning in her own misadventure. At the same time, Margaret, bookish and withdrawn, inhabiting a universe defined by poets and novelists, is seduced in spite of herself. As Margaret, the narrator, watches Maggie, her younger self, relive the innocence and beauty of that summer, the play moves inexorably back to the heartbreak of a headlong surrender to experience, both won and lost in a single day. Cinematic in its feel and pacing, recalling the 1950s genre of Dirty Dancing and My American Cousin, That Summer is a meditation on what endures of fleeting moments over time. Cast of 5 women and 2 men.
By Jeff Gillenkirk. 2010
Jason Thibodeaux has a $42 million contract to play baseball when the son he lost in a searing custody battle… reappears in his life. <P><P>Home, Away follows Thibodeaux's rise as a pitcher and his agonized decision to quit in his prime to care for his troubled son. Their evolving relationship redefines the meaning of fatherhood itself.
By Jennie Shortridge. 2003
Take the long way home. . . Full of big dreams of the fast life, Tallie Beck hit the road… at the age of seventeen to become a rock ’n roll star—and vowed never to look back. Now, at thirty-four, she’s little more than a down-and-out singer who smokes and drinks too much and knows better than to make promises she can’t keep. Dumped by her latest band and low on cash, Tallie has no choice but to go back to Denver. Back to her crazy mother, and her resentful younger sister, Jane, who’s never forgiven her for leaving. But seeing her family again after all these years stirs something unexpected in Tallie. And after so many miles on that long, exhilarating, scary—and often lonely—road, she’s looking back to trace some wrong turns, and figure out the way to where she really wants to go. . . .
By Kelly Rebar. 2003
Seventeen-year-old Jimmy faces the archetypal Canadian dilemma: stay home in Canada, with all its obvious flaws, or go south (young… man) to the Land of Opportunity. Should he stay with his mother at the Bordertown Café or haul off with his trucker father? Family history is the border's story writ large. Cast of 2 women and 2 men.
By John Degarmo, Norma Jeanne Trammell, Kelly Degarmo. 2014
A sensitive picture book to help ease the anxieties of foster children aged 4 to 10 entering placement. In A… Different Home, Jessie tells us her story of being placed in foster care. At first she is worried and has lots of questions. The new home is not like her old home -- she has a different bedroom, different clothes, and there's different food for breakfast. She also misses her family. When Jim and Debbie, her foster parents, answer her questions she begins to feel better and see that this different home is kind of nice. Written in simple language and fully illustrated in color, this storybook is designed to help children in care, or moving into care, to settle in and answer some of the questions they may have. Accompanied by notes for adults on how to use the story with children, it will be a useful book for foster parents and caseworkers, as well as social workers, teachers and anyone else working with children in foster care.
By Howard Curtis, Dominique Fabre. 2015
"Fabre is a genius of these nuanced, interior moments ... The story Fabre tells is that of every one of… us: looking for meaning in the mundane, moving through our lives, our interactions, as if through the fabric of a dream ... How do we live? it asks to consider. And: What does our existence mean?"--Los Angeles Times"Guys Like Me is a short, arresting tale that ...not only offers keen insights into the mind of its middle-aged protagonist, but also provides the reader with a unique tour of what everyday life in the low-key suburbs of Paris must truly be like."--Typographical Era"Readers will take pleasure in this well-told tale with a satisfying ending."--Publishers Weekly"The setting may be Paris, but it's not the Paris of grand avenues and pricey cafés. In fact, Fabre's hero is a recognizable everyman, from any country."-Library JournalA smile like a soft flash of light . . . travels through this moving novel and tells, in words that are muted and profoundly humane, of life as it is."-Le Monde"Fabre speaks to us of luck and misfortune, of the accidents that make a man or defeat him. He talks about our ordinary disappointments and our small moments of calm. Fabre is the discreet megaphone of the man in the crowd."-Elle"In this novel one finds the intimate geography of an author who lays bare the essence of Paris and its outskirts."-La Quinzaine littéraireDominique Fabre, born in Paris and a lifelong resident of the city, exposes the shadowy, anonymous lives of many who inhabit the French capital. In this quiet, subdued tale, a middle-aged office worker, divorced and alienated from his only son, meets up with two childhood friends who are similarly adrift, without passions or prospects. He's looking for a second act to his mournful life, seeking the harbor of love and a true connection with his son. Set in palpably real Paris streets that feel miles away from the City of Light, Guys Like Me is a stirring novel of regret and absence, yet not without a glimmer of hope.Dominique Fabre, born in 1960, writes about people living on society's margins. He is a lifelong resident of Paris, France. His previous novel, The Waitress Was New, was also translated into English.